Martino was seemingly outperformed by Bernard Reedy in the battle for a No. 6 receiver spot, particularly in the preseason finale against the Jaguars last Thursday. Martino failed to come up with his only target in that contest while Reedy paced the Bucs with five receptions, but the former did have a pair of grabs for 38 yards over the first trio of exhibitions. Now entering his third season in Tampa after tallying 13 receptions (on 17 targets) for 238 yards and one touchdown across 21 games across his first pair of campaigns. Martino figures to once again have an uphill battle for playing time in 2018.
Martino (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Martino has now missed a full week of practice due to the undisclosed injury. The speedy 26-year-old wideout entered training camp in competition with Justin Watson and Bernard Reedy for the Buccaneers' No. 5 receiving spot, and his prolonged absence could prove costly. Martino will need to get back on the practice field and quickly impress to have any chance of making the 53-man roster.
Martino brought in his only target for nine yards in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Saints.
The 26-year-old speedster closed out the season with at least one reception in each of his last four games, with DeSean Jackson's ankle injury in particular opening up some additional opportunity in Weeks 16 and 17. Martino had two stints apiece on the Buccaneers' practice squad and active roster in 2017, finishing the season with five receptions (on six targets) for 96 yards (career-high 19.2 YPC) over eight contests. He's on the books for a $705,000 salary in 2018, so despite his history with head coach Dirk Koetter, he'll likely need a strong training camp and preseason to beat out less expensive options the team is likely to add in the offseason and the draft.
Martino brought in both of his targets for 57 yards in Sunday's 22-19 loss to the Panthers.
The 26-year-old speedster set a season high in receptions and a career high in receiving yardage over his nine snaps, as he helped provide some of the deep speed that the sidelined DeSean Jackson (ankle) normally brings to the table. Martino has logged all four of his catches this season in the last three games, posting a double-digit YPC in each of those contests. If Jackson remains out of action for the Week 17 regular-season finale versus the Saints, Martino should once again have an opportunity to serve as the No. 4 receiver.
Martino brought in his only target for 11 yards in Monday night's 24-21 loss to the Falcons.
Martino has both of his catches this season within the last two games, but he could be poised for an increase in opportunity in Week 16 at a minimum. The 26-year-old speedster brings a downfield dimension similar to that of DeSean Jackson, who exited Monday night's contest early with an ankle injury and will face an uphill battle to be ready for next Sunday's tilt against the Panthers on a short week. If he's ultimately unable to suit up, Martino could certainly see a downfield target or two against a Carolina secondary that's allowed 23 passing touchdowns this season.
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|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||8||0||5||96||19.2||39||0||1||0||4|
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